Coastal Walking and Cycling in Herne Bay and Whitstable

There is no better way to explore the delights of the coast than by bicycle or on foot. The charming and varied coastline offers some of the most scenic coastal cycle routes around. There is something for everyone, whether it's a refreshing short break, a fun family day out or simply a challenge, cyclists and walkers can enjoy a refreshing and enriching experience.

Coastal Walking Routes

Barnes Wallis Statue on the Herne Bay Cultural Trail

Herne Bay Cultural Trail

The Herne Bay Cultural Trail is a free and easy stroll around the town, seafront and Downs in Herne Bay, where there are 17 locations of historical interest. The Herne Bay Cultural Trail encapsulates the wealth of history in Herne Bay, dating back to the bronze age.

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front cover of the Herne Bay Art Trail

The Herne Bay Art Trail

The Herne Bay Art Trail helps you to discover public art and Herne Bay's historical associations with prominent artists.




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Minnis Bay beach

Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park

Distance: 3.7 miles
Route type: Linear
Start postcode: CT7 9QP

This is a lovely sea walk, that is particularly refreshing during the summer months. Along the walk from Minnis Bay to Reculver there is plenty to see as you pass a salt-water lagoon, a working oyster farm, and the Reculver Towers and fort.

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Reculver towers in Herne Bay

Reculver Walk

Distance: 3.5 miles
Route type: Circular
Start postcode: CT6 6SU

Enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline. Head through Reculver Country Park along the famous Saxon Shore Way and back alongside the strand.

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Saxon Shore Way way marker on post

Saxon Shore Way

Distance: 160 miles
Route type: Linear
Start town: Gravesend

Imagine stepping back in time and discovering the coastline of the Garden of England as it stood more than 1,600 years ago. 

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Coastal Cycling Routes

Crab and Winkle Way sign post

Crab and Winkle Way

Route type: Linear
Distance: 7.5 miles | 12 km 
Ride easy: 1h 15m (one way) | Ride steady: 55m (one way) | Ride strong: 30m (one way)
Start postcode: CT1 2AH | CT5 1SD

Go from cloisters to oysters with seven miles of almost traffic-free cycling, the Crab and Winkle Way between Canterbury and Whitstable explores a delightful slice of east Kent.

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cyclists on the oyster bay trail in herne bay

Oyster Bay Trail

Route type: Linear
Distance: 6.7 miles | 10.7 km
Percentage on road: 36% | Percentage off road: 64%
Ride easy: 1h 10m | Ride steady: 50m | Ride strong: 25m
Start postcode: CT5 2QR | CT6 6ST

If you enjoy great sea views, big skies and historic landscapes then visit the 6.7 mile long Oyster Bay Trail. The route is mostly flat surfaced paths between Swalecliff and Reculver.

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cyclists on the viking coastal trail

Viking Coastal Trail

Route type: Circular
Distance: 32 miles | 51.2 km
Percentage on road: 46% | Percentage off road: 54%
Ride easy: 5h 30m | Ride steady: 4h | Ride strong: 2h
Start town: Birchington-on-sea

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a novice, you will find plenty to enjoy along the 32 mile (51.2km) route on the Isle of Thanet.

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Discover a network of cycle routes that passes through some of the region's most beautiful countryside and woodland.


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